GLADYS D. BROWN, C.A.E., C.M.
Yuma International Airport
& Rolle Airfield
2191 E. 32nd St., Suite #218
Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 726-5882, ext. 2217
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Gladys Diva Brown, C.M., C.A.E. is the Airport Director at Yuma International Airport. Yuma International Airport is co-located with the MCAS Yuma and is a Shared Use airport with a Joint Use Operating Agreement. Ms. Brown’s primary function is to operate the airport in compliance with applicable FAA regulations and state law, as well as, to maintain the positive relationship with Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, and to promote Commercial Air Service and General Aviation in a safe and secure manner.
Yuma International Airport was the 2015 Arizona Airport of Year recipient, which is awarded and recognized by the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group. Gladys was the Southwest American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE) 2017 Executive of the Year, the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) 2017 Airport Executive of the Year, recognized as one of aviation’s best and featured as one of the brightest in the 2017 Airport Business 40 Under 40, the 2017 Yuma Chamber of Commerce Athena International Award recipient, received the California Maritime Academy 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award and featured in Cal State University “Made in the CSU” as one of the notable CSU Alumnus in the Aerospace and Aviation Sector.
Prior to becoming the Airport Director, Ms. Brown was the Deputy Airport Director and originally joined Yuma International Airport in March 2009 as the Director of Operations. In addition to the duties of the positions she has held, Ms. Brown was the airport project manager overseeing all engineering, cost estimating and construction at the airport. Ms. Brown worked previously in various capacities as a Civil Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical Integrity Consultant and a High School Math Teacher.
She earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Maritime Academy accompanied with a USCG Third Assistant Engineer License. Ms. Brown obtained her AAAE Certified Member (C.M.) designation, is an active member of the Southwest AAAE chapter and is recognized as a Certified Airport Executive (C.A.E.). Ms. Brown is a Past President of the Arizona Airports Association and continues to support the one voice approach for key issues in aerospace and aeronautics for the State of Arizona, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE).
On a national level, Ms. Brown is the vice-chair on the Industrial Aviation and Military Relations committee of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Ms. Brown volunteers in the STEM/AVID curriculum, recently elected to the Cal State Maritime Academy Foundation (CMAF) Board of Directors and is the CMAF External Relations Committee Chairman, serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, Vice-Chair for Visit Yuma, Yuma 50 Board Member, United Way of Yuma County, participates in the Expect More Arizona and on the Yuma County Education Advisory Council, President of the National Society of Professional Engineers Yuma Chapter leading the annual competitive mathlete competition MathCounts, participates assisting in various youth sport teams, and officiates basketball. Ms. Brown has a strong commitment to her community, believes in mentoring to help build leadership for tomorrow and leads to inspire through passionate forward movement.
Executive Vice-President/COO (Retired)
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
2001 E. Plum Lane
Reno, NV 89502
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Dean has spent his entire 34 year career in the aviation industry. Dean received a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1984.
After graduation he worked as an Aviation Consultant for 13 years and participated in numerous aviation planning, noise and environmental studies at airports in the U.S. and internationally. For 5 of the 13 years Dean lived in Hong Kong and worked as a consultant for a number of Asian airports. He was part of the core team that prepared the master plan and design for the new Hong Kong International Airport and also participated in planning efforts for the new international airports in Seoul South Korea, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and Nanjing China.
Twenty one years ago Dean joined the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. Although starting as an Airport Planner for the organization, Dean has been promoted several times and for the last seven years has served as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for the Airport Authority.
Dean is also a commercial-instrument pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.
In 2003, Dean completed the certification process with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) organization and is now an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.). Dean served as the Chair of the AAAE Environmental Services Committee for three years, Co-Chair of the AAAE UAS Working Group for three years and is currently serving as Chair of the Operations, Planning, Safety and Emergency Management Committee for AAAE.